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10 key questions for high schools

Choosing a high school? Don't do it without getting the answers to these questions!

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2) Will you fully prepare my child for college?

Make sure your child will have a college-preparatory curriculum that meets state college and university requirements for core subjects like math, science, history, and English. Many parents are unaware that some public and private schools do not offer the required P.E., arts, or community service time colleges require, so your child would need to obtain the credit(s) outside of school.

Comments from readers

"Okay, I have done my homework and asked all these questions but it seems the most important indicator of the best fit is intuitive. I have three children in a high performing, college preparing, competitive (read article on Chinese mothers), BIG BOX School. My county just doesn't either get it, or care. (realtors do a good sales pitch tho) The feeling that you get in your gut is accurate, follow it. Thats what I tell the parents who come to me in treatment with a high school aged child with an existential crisis ('drug my kid'). When I walked into the small (old delapidated)high school it felt welcoming and for lack of a better word-normal. The big fancy over achieving high school feels controlling and institutional. Very very intuitively BAD. Trust your feelings parents, not so-called professionals who know nothing of what works for your child."